Tanya has a rare legislative background. Her career began as a staffer in the Colorado State Senate she was the policy analyst and press secretary for 15 Senators. She has 30 years of experience working with the Colorado General Assembly and during the same period 15 years’ experience advocating in Washington, D.C. Tanya has a presence at the Capitol few people possess. Tanya has lobbied under Republican and Democratic administrations. She has been a key advisor to the current Governor of Colorado, as well as past Governor’s John Hickenlooper and Bill Ritter. Tanya represented her clients through ample budget years into the worst budget years in Colorado’s history. She is known and respected at the state and federal level by both legislators and lobbyists. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political science at University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, as a Colorado Trust Fellow. Kelly-Bowry also studied at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as a member of the senior executives in state and local government.
Ernestine brings over a decade of experience operating in the Colorado political arena, working with the Colorado state legislature, the executive branch and state agencies. She has an extensive public policy background in the education, human services, affordable housing and budget arenas. Ernestine tracks the state budget writing process in its entirety and has a wealth of knowledge of Colorado’s fiscal policies and how the state agencies, counties and school districts operate under the state’s budgetary restrictions.
Prior to joining Policy Matters, Ernestine spent two years working in the Office of State & Federal Government Relations for the University of Colorado System, where her political career began. Ernestine also spent some time in Washington, D.C., working for the Carmen Group, a federal government relations lobbying firm, where she worked in the Healthcare and Education Practice team and gained a greater understanding of the federal legislative process and Congressional politics. Ernestine earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Taylor is the newest member of the Policy Matters team. Prior to starting with Policy Matters, she worked in, now Senate President, Leroy Garcia’s office doing policy analysis, constituent work, social media and speech writing. In 2018 she went on to work as the Campaign Coordinator for the Jefferson County Coordinated Campaigns, where she worked to develop effective communication strategies, recruit/train volunteers and interns, contact constituents and drive voter turnout. At Policy Matters, she is responsible for research, crafting messaging/fact sheets, analyzing bills and the firm’s internal budgeting. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder.